A team of Formula 1 designers have swapped the glamour of motor sport to solve a common parenting frustration – how to fit three car seats into an average car.
The problem they have addressed is one that resonates with many parents and carers. Even in a car designed to transport three rear seat passengers, just fitting one child car seat makes the centre seat uncomfortably narrow.
Buying a dedicated vehicle like a people carrier has to date been the only solution available to many a parent. But such vehicles generally require significant investment, and many parents are also concerned about larger vehicles’ fuel consumption and environmental impact.
Performance Projects has designed and patented the revolutionary new Child Seat System (CSS) which successfully tackles this problem.
Terence Goad, Technical Director, explained: “The system allows the child seat base to be moved across and securely locked in position, allowing use of the central seat. Prototypes have been installed in cars of all sizes, from Volvo V70s to Fiat Pandas.
These tests have proven extremely successful, providing full access to the middle seat and seatbelt buckles, utilising passenger space that would otherwise be unviable. The benefits for everyday journeys with children are huge and very exciting.”
Chris Horton, Managing Director, said: ”Our company is usually linked with designing and developing cars for international motorsport.
However, as a parent of three it was the issue of not being able to adequately transport our family in ‘everyday’ cars that has driven the project, a frustration repeated amongst such a high proportion of our friends and colleagues with children.
Whilst on the surface this project is less glamorous than our more traditional work, the very tough targets we set for safety and functionality ensured an interesting challenge, demanding a lot from our design team.
I’m very pleased with the results. In fact I’m confident that anyone who tries it will consider it as a genuine ‘must-have’ feature in the market.”
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